The top 10 Oscar parties in Toronto for 2016
Oscar parties in Toronto are in no short supply for the 88th Academy Awards taking place Sunday February 28. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the ceremony or just jonesing to see if Leo finally walks away with a statue, there are plenty of glammed-up soirees and casual gatherings on tap for the evening.
Here are my picks for where to watch the Oscars in Toronto this year.
The Bloor Cinema is hosting its annual Oscars soiree - and good news, it's 100% free. The Templeton Philharmonic's Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton are hosting the affair which will screen the red carpet as well as the main event. There's no dress code being enforced, but dressing to the nines is encouraged.
The Royal Cinema
Not a passive Academy Awards viewer? Neither are the folks behind Drunk Feminist Films. They've combined forces with The Royal Cinema to put on an Oscars bash like none other. The team will add to the show with its brand of hilarious commentary, so get ready for some laughs. Entry is free but there will be plenty of snacks and drinks for sale to keep you fuelled.
Cinecycle is throwing a steampunk bash complete with Oscar trivia, prizes, giveaways, ballots and more. If you don't have any steampunk gear lying around, put on your finest red-carpet attire - there will be prizes for both categories. Tickets range from $15-$55/per person.
Want prizes, champagne and a healthy dose of glitz and glamour? Head to the Revue Cinema on Roncy for a free Academy Awards bash. It's a licensed event, so feel free to craft your own drinking game as the show goes on.
If you're an east ender and don't want to head downtown to watch the show, you're in luck. The Fox is hosting its annual screening of the event, plus Oscar Bingo and awards for Best Dressed, Best Impression and more. It won't cost you a dime to get in, but the theatre is accepting donations for the AIDS Committee of Toronto.
Innis Town Hall
U of T's Innis Town Hall is hosting an Academy Awards bash for more than just students. The free, open-to-the-public event will screen both the red carpet and the awards show. Remember to show up early because it's bound to fill up fast.
If you're looking for something a little swankier hit up the Drake on Sunday night. The hotel has prepared a three-course prix fixe meal and special bubbly menu in honour of the big night. There will also be cinematic trivia for all the film buffs in attendance. Entry is free, but the dinner will set you back $37.
The Gladstone is hosting its Anti-Oscars, Oscars Viewing Party in the Melody Bar. The event caters to those too lazy to clean their apartments for an Oscars party, fans of Leonard DiCaprio (and only Leonardo DiCaprio) and those who haven't actually screened any of the flicks but want to see who wins anyways. The free bash will include banter, trivia and prizes.
Hunters Landing is bringing the Oscars to CityPlace. The pub is encouraging all attendees to dress to impress - It'll have a red carpet and "paparazzi," so you may want to put on something a little more interesting than jeans and a t-shirt.
Carlton Cinema hasn't released many details about its event thus far, but if you're looking to screen the Oscars on a screen bigger than your Macbook's, it's a solid choice. The event is free with a canned food donation, so don't forget to stop by your local grocery store pre-event.
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Photo courtesy of the Academy Awards.
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